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, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning english and then going to the back of the line behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. >> reporter: and with that, a direct challenge to washington. >> and if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal and insist that they vote on it right away. >> reporter: listen again. >> i will send up a bill -- >> reporter: the president is pledging to put his full political muscle behind immigration reform. still, republicans insist tighter border security must happen before any movement on citizenship. >> we've got fundamental questions of lawfulness. do we have a system that will stop the continued flow of people into the country? >> reporter: the president today predicting this debate will become increasingly emotional. but he says the time has come for those 11 million people to come out of the shadows. reena ninan, abc news, the white house. >> and a note now about the numbers that we're dealing with. out of 11 million undocumented adults, 35% have been here for 15 years or
are under way, they could immediately get right to work. but there would be fines and back taxes to pay. and immigrants applying for permanent residency would have to get in line. the back of the line. citizenship could take as long as 15 years. and for the first time ever, obtaining legal residency would mean having to speak english and pass a civics test. there would also be a beefed up border. >> i think after the election, finally, the country's realizing that you cannot have two classes of people in this country. >> reporter: for undocumented immigrants like sophia campos, it could mean no longer living in hiding. >> when an entire government, an entire society, right, is telling you blatantly they you are worth less than the person next to you, that hurts. >> reporter: for the recent college grad, being undocumented means not knowing if she'll be able to get a job. for her babysitter mother, it means not being able to return to peru to visit sick family. you used the word imprisoned? >> yeah, because it's different kind of life that people who feel safe in this country, and people
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